Women's Volleyball Spends Time Reading to Children at Montessori Preschool in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Members of the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team visited the children of Montessori Preschool on Friday, Feb. 28th to complete a Dr. Seuss themed reading and craft project. The visit helps continue Quinnipiac University's commitment to local community outreach endeavors as part of the Department of Athletic and Recreation's Positive Play Movement.

The day of the visit, the team split up into groups of two or three and read Dr. Seuss books to the different classes in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. As the children looked on with intrigue, the Bobcats all engaged them with laughs, jokes and character impersonation. After reading, the kids performed many of the songs they have learned in-class prior to the Bobcats' visit which brought much joy to sophomore Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) who helped coordinate the event.

"Their smiles and laughs warmed our hearts as we sang and clapped along," Thornton said. "Some were very shy in the beginning but opened up and became more welcoming to us towards the end. They enjoyed our company and I think even more so, we enjoyed theirs."

This was the Bobcats' first ever visit to the Montessori Preschool but not their first Positive Play endeavor as head coach Kris Czaplinski has helped instill a strong sense of community within each team in his first two years manning the helm at Quinnipiac. His team is a frequent visitor of the Episcopal Church in New Haven and also helped run a volleyball clinic at Oxford Middle School to assist Connecticut Special Olympics in 2012. Thornton already indicated her team wants to go back to Montessori after the fulfilling experience.

"This community service was such a great experience for all of us and we would love the opportunity to continue to go back and read to the kids and be able to build relationships with them," Thornton said. "We are thankful to have had this opportunity and not only did it allow us to be surrounded by such adorable children but it allowed us to make a difference and give these kids love they may not receive otherwise. It was definitely a heartwarming and awesome experience and we cannot wait to go back!"

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu